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August 01, 2005

Clark’s? Northampton?

Something of an error in this piece in the Telegraph. OK, throw away line, I know, but still:

Now the irony in all this is that most of the shoes in Clark's range conform entirely to Garland's world view. They have long since ceased to be made in Northampton and are now largely manufactured in China.

Yes, I agree, Northampton was a centre of shoe making in the UK but Clark’s wasn’t there. they were in Street in Somerset. Can’t remember whether they were Quakers or Methodists but do recall that they would not allow pubs in the town, the land of which they owned. Thus Street has a fine collection of pubs just outside the town, just off the family owned land.

I’m also not all that sure they manufacture in China....perhaps they do now, but their offshore plants certainly used to be here in Portugal.

Yes, yes, I know tiny and trivial point. But then it is Monday morning and I’m feeling like that. So there.


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I grew up in Street, where my father worked for Clarks. Pubs were allowed after 1975, although there were "hotel bars" before then.

Both the Clarks and Clothier familys that owned the business were Quakers :-)


Posted by: Rupert Fiennes | Aug 1, 2005 10:02:12 AM

I thought they were in Kendal but maybe I'm thinking of K shoes. Anyway, they were Quaker up north too. Interesting.

Posted by: James B | Aug 1, 2005 8:03:30 PM